If minimum hassle is your main objective, going for regular disease screening tests will probably reduce, rather than increase, your visits to the doctor. Simply ignoring a problem won't make it go away, but it will mean frequent medical attention once the situation has reached crisis proportions.
In many cases deaths can be prevented by early detection and treatment, and in others screening tests may lead to treatment and a better quality of life.
The screening tests a man needs
Here's a checklist for the most common, and the most preventable, conditions:
HIV test (Blood sample)
When? Every six months if you’re practising unsafe sex.
Why? With a healthy lifestyle, you may live symptom-free for many years. Appropriate treatment may add years and quality to your life.
Blood pressure (No needles)
When? Every two years when you're in your 20s and 30s, and once a year after that.
Why? Almost 90% of people older than 55 will develop high blood pressure. Your blood pressure should not exceed 120/80mmHg. People with blood pressure of 135/85mmHg have twice the risk of heart disease and an increased risk for stroke.
Cholesterol (Blood sample)
When? Every two years if you're in your 20s or 30s and there's a family history of heart disease. If you're in your 40s or older: every time you go for a check-up.
Why? High cholesterol levels increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. Doctors recommend that all blood lipid levels should be checked and not only cholesterol levels.
Type 2 diabetes (Blood sample)
When? Everybody, no matter their age, should be tested every three years if they're at risk. People who are most at risk include those with a family history of diabetes,people who are over ... Read more